Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Charged With Aiding And Abetting Her Husband And Obstruction Of Justice
Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III and Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord announce the return of an indictment charging Noor Salman (30, formerly of Fort Pierce, Florida) with aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s attempted provision and provision of material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction of justice. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Salman was arrested in northern California on Monday, January 16, 2017, and made her initial appearance in federal court in Oakland earlier today. She has been detained pending a status hearing on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
According to the indictment, from no later than end of April 2016 through and including June 12, 2016, Salman aided and abetted Mateen’s attempted provision and provision of material support, namely, personnel and services, to ISIL, and the death of multiple victims resulted. Further, on June 12, 2016, Salman obstructed justice by engaging in misleading conduct towards officers of the Fort Pierce Police Department and special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to prevent them from communicating to agents, the U.S. Department of Justice, and judges of the United States of America information relating to the attack at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Pierce Police Department, the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Sebastian Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sara C. Sweeney, James D. Mandolfo, and Roger B. Handberg, and Trial Attorney Kevin C. Nunnally of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.